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Anthony Durkin: VR Compression – A Runner’s Review

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Meet Anthony Durkin – he’s got a great story! We’re so glad we could be of help. Between the age of 16-22 I ran at a good level, and competed for my regiment when serving in the Army. Unfortunately on leaving the forces in 2005, I broke my lower left leg really badly. I fractured the tib & fib above the ankle and also fractured my shin at the very top just below the knee. As a result of the severity of the injury, I was told that I wouldn’t run again, which was devastating. I was lucky to even…

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Shoes…glorious shoes…except when they give us Cankles and Sore Feet!

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For those of you who love high heels or love someone who loves high heels, you’re no stranger to sore, swollen and tender feet at the end of a night out or a day at work. Whether you’re the one donning the heels or massaging their sore feet, we’ll bet you don’t know all the facts about why heels make feet and ankles swell. There’s the obvious part where extra weight and pressure is placed on the ball of the foot and toes from the angle of the shoe. At a small angle, we’re talking a heel of 1-2cm, gait…

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New Year, New You? Let’s Keep the Changes Small!

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So, you’ve heard it all before. This is the time of year where everyone turns over a new leaf. Gyms have special offers on memberships, the shops are pushing healthy eating and sports equipment. The BBC are campaigning to inspire women to be more active. What will you take from it all? By next December, where do you want to be? At Compression Advisory, a big part of our role is making customers happy. This can be through relieving painful legs, reducing swelling, helping someone recover from injury, shrinking varicose veins, easing DOMS, keeping someone safe and comfortable on a…

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7 Marathons in VR Compression Socks

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Today’s blog is courtesy of guest blogger and VR Compression customer Peter McGahan of the Celtic 7 Marathon Challenge. Peter and his good friend Stephane ran 7 marathons to raise money for some very worthy children’s charities and VR Compression and the Compression Advisory were there to help and advise them along the way. Hear how they got on straight from the horse’s mouth: “If there was an afterlife I wouldn’t want to come back as a sock. It’s hardly a bonus. You know, big smelly lumps of feet and all that goes with it. But if you could come…

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Compression Socks and Tights Are No Longer for Grandma

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Even though she wears granny tights, Jamie Rubin, 43, fits no one’s definition of dowdy. As the director of United States sales for the French designer Isabel Marant, Ms. Rubin travels to Paris at least four times a year on business. The many hours spent sitting in a cramped airplane seat often leave her legs and ankles swollen and puffy. In preparation for her most recent sojourn to France, this past September for Paris Fashion Week, Ms. Rubin decided to try compression tights — the thick hose and socks often favored by older people or those trying to address circulation…

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Cold Muscles? Use Compression to help with Winter Endurance!

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Unfortunately that time of year, where the days get shorter and colder, is upon us once again. We all need a little extra motivation to go out each day and remain active when the weather is encouraging us to stay indoors. Our muscles also find it tougher during the colder months, making us more prone to injury. Our bodies have a range within which they are very comfortable and aim to maintain. In science we call this homeostasis (same state). Too warm and the body will do everything it can to cool you down, whilst if you are too cold…

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Preventing In-Flight Puffy Legs

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Do you suffer from puffy swollen feet or ankles? You’re not alone; this becomes a common problem during the summer months. The medical name for this condition is oedema, which occurs when fluid is retained outside of the cells of the body. More often than not, reasons for feet and ankle swelling include high blood pressure, being overweight or pregnant (as in Kim Kardashian’s case) or because of excessive salt in our diet – plus of course fractures or sprains. However, many people often find themselves with swollen feet and ankles during the summer months, particularly in-flight en route to…

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Varicose Veins Explained (Part 1)

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What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are usually blue or dark purple. They may also be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. If the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be varicose (swollen and enlarged). How…

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England Squad prepare for first World Cup match against Italy

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The England Squad have arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro. Check out Adam Lallana and team mates getting off the plane in their St George’s cross edition of the Original Super Fit. The team are preparing for their first match against Italy on Saturday at the Manaus Amaziona Arena. The support staff have done everything in their power to ensure the players have an active recovery from the journey and to help them acclimatise to the heat and humidity. Upon arrival, players were put on static bikes before being sent for a swim in the pool. If you’re lucky enough…

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What to wear during pregnancy…

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Maternity and fashion aren’t mutually exclusive… You just have to remember that during pregnancy, comfort is paramount. So no Kim Kardashian-style stilettos unless you want to deal with cankles bulging over the tops and some very painful feet. We are more than aware of the need for women to think about wearing compression during pregnancy – check out our article on the top 5 reasons women need to wear graduated compression during pregnancy to find out more. We often get calls from women who have bought socks in the pharmacy and are finding them too uncomfortable and sometimes too ugly…

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